Prescriptives foundation


Growing up I remember my Mom always loving to stop at the cosmetics counters at our local department stores. She loves fashion and is perpetually interested in what is new, and was constantly in search of the perfect shade: of lipstick, concealer, foundation. Her search ended abruptly when she and my Dad returned from a trip to the glamorous city of New York, with a new-to-us line of cosmetics called Prescriptives. My mom purchased a number of Perscriptives items, but the most magical was her custom-blend foundation: at last, the perfect match!


When I received an email inviting me to try Prescriptives’ custom-blend foundation, I was all-aboard. I went to the Prescriptives Live Video Chat page to schedule my live video consultation, then checked to make sure I had the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player installed. I also took a quick selfie (i.e. an un-retouched digital pic that gave a good representation of my skin color and tone), that I had handy to upload.


At  my scheduled time I logged into the chat, where my Px Beauty Genius, Bobby, was visible in a corner of my screen, I was visible in hers, and my virtual consultation began. Over the course of our one-on-one 20-minute conversation Bobby asked me about my skin concerns, the amount of coverage I wanted, the finish I would prefer, and the skin-care options I’d like added to the formula. Two or three days later, the Prescriptives custom-blend foundation bottle, along with a bonus travel-sized bottle of my personalized foundation blend arrived.

Prescriptives foundation


The color is exact, and the coverage is sheer, just as promised. What I especially love is Bobby’s addition of oil-control to the formula, as I told her that I have combination skin and my t-zone needed policing. To apply: I pour a little bit into the palm of my left hand and then use a buffing brush (included in this must-have brush kit)  for flawless application. The cost of the custom-blend foundation is $75 for 1 ounce, which is approximately equivalent to the price of a comparable pre-mixed high-end brand. I love that the Prescriptives custom-blend video chat experience is completely risk-free, as in if the formula had been off I could have worked with Bobby to adjust it at no cost. I would just have sent back the bottle — returns are free — and she would have sent a corrected formula. Even better, my custom recipe is saved on, so that I can re-order with ease.


The Prescriptives brand remains a favorite of my Mom and of beauty-lovers everywhere due to the quality and consistency of its products. Here are several more cult classics to love:


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